the Future

Eric and Sheila Samson’s generous gift is helping to build a new health education campus to train next-gen physicians.

Eric and Sheila Samson

>> When we most need medical care, we're often struggling to find meaning in the face of an illness — turning to our physician for both counsel and console. 

As a nation, we need compassionate, well-trained doctors to guide us through these difficult times. But as our aging population increases and the number of available doctors is threatened by shortages, we’re looking at a future crisis in medical-care delivery.

Cleveland Clinic is committed to training the best and brightest caregivers of the future not only the science of medicine, but also the art of empathy — to ensure world-class healthcare for generations to come. And Eric and Sheila Samson of Johannesburg, South Africa, are helping to make that a reality — transforming medical education at Cleveland Clinic through their philanthropy. 

(Med) School’s in Session

>> The Samson's $10 million gift in 2010 launched the Samson Global Leadership Academy at Cleveland Clinic, providing a two-week, reality-based intensive learning experience for clinicians and healthcare executives from around the globe. 

We're deeply grateful to the Samsons for their vision and generosity in supporting the planned health education campus. With their significant gift, they’re helping to address an urgent need, both here and abroad, for highly trained physician investigators. This is an ambitious goal that couldn't be met without philanthropy.

Now, the couple is making a $20 million gift toward a new health education campus for students of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

“The new health education campus will bring in a new era of teaching,” says Eric. “We have to look to the future, new technology and an updated way of imparting knowledge. The collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University will certainly make this campus the best teaching facility available to students.”

Grateful Patients Give Back

>> A steel company executive, Eric had successful heart surgery performed by Toby Cosgrove, MD, now CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. Eric’s wife, Sheila, also is a patient.

“We’ve both experienced firsthand the excellent care and attention given to patients,” Eric says, “and we feel honored to be part of Cleveland Clinic’s future growth.”

Funded by philanthropic support, the innovative health education campus, located at Cleveland Clinic, is expected to open in 2017. Curriculum will focus on leadership skills, practice management, quality outcomes and value-based medicine, along with how to address people and approach patients. Classrooms will feature several interactive screens that simultaneously show lectures by faculty members in remote locations, simulated or real patients, and a virtual medical library. 

“We know the new campus will be ahead of its time,” Eric says. “It will be a shining example of what a teaching facility should be.”

Make a Gift

Since the late ‘90s, the number of physicians entering the workforce each year essentially has been capped. At the same time, the demand for everything from hip replacements to diabetes treatments has soared with our aging population and the millions gaining health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. >> Your support will help make our new health education campus a reality. Give now.